A well-known Vietnamese timber businesswomen working along the Cambodian-Thai border was arrested and charged on Saturday for possessing and transporting luxury timber without proper authorization.
Pheng Veasna, deputy commander of Oddar Meanchey provincial military police, identified the suspect as Nguven Thimai, 39, from Oddar Meanchey province.
“She was a famous luxury timber trader who bought from loggers in the province and transported the wood to Vietnam for sale,” he said. “She was arrested after evading authorities for three months after we raided her timber warehouse in August.”
Ms Thimai was officially charged on Saturday with “collecting and transporting luxury timber without authorization.” These offences fall under the Forestry Law, and the suspect faces up to five years in prison and a fine up to ten million riel (about $2,500) if convicted.
After her arrest, police seized two trucks and two cars as well as a large stockpile of timber stored illegally in her warehouse.
She has been jailed prior to her trial.